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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

The Avenue, New Southgate
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
The Avenue, New Southgate

Looking towards Friern Barnet Road at top of picture. Photograph from the mid-1950s
Picture added on 06 January 2010 at 14:40
This car was my father's, Albert Braddick, 45 The Avenue
Added by Pamela Harber on 27 September 2011
Knew your sister Susan Braddick. Very good friend to me.Also Vicky Fisk.
Added by Annette Cox (now Annette Leggatt) on 12 July 2014
My mum lived in this street as a child Betty Joyes, she was 1 of 7 children. Bill, my mum Betty, twins Joan and John, Jim, Leslie and Irene, my Nan's name was Marjorie, my grandfather was also Bill he died just before I was born in 1954, my great grandmother lived in Holmesdale Road and the oldest child Bill lived with her. All of the family have died except 2 youngest Leslie and Irene. Did anybody know them?
Added by Jane morgan on 03 February 2017
The name Morgan rings a vague bell. I lived in Oakliegh Rd South number 75, so knew more people in that road, not so much in the Avenue. Hope you find someone that knew them well.

Anonymous comment added on 04 February 2017
I lived 21 The Avenue Weston family went to St Pauls school Miss Pightling was head teacher
Added by Pauline taylor on 05 March 2020
Hi Pauline, my name is Annette. I went to St Paul's school, from 1954 to 1961/62. My name was Annette Cox, my sister Susan also went there but a little later than me. I remember Miss Pightling very well, also Mrs Brown and Miss Walters. I lived at number 73 Oakliegh Rd South. We were moved out of there because the council were going to widen the road. We were moved to Oakliegh Rd North (Balfour Grove). A lot of my friends were moved from The Avenue to Muswell Hill. I went to Friern Barnet secondary modern school after St Paul's. Miss Pightling was the best of teachers. I think, if I am right the Hurts lived at number 75. Hope that is helpful. I now live in Norfolk with my husband.
Added by Mrs Annette Leggatt ( nee Cox ) on 06 March 2020
Hello Jane Morgan, I've only just come across this site and shown it to my Dad, Fred. Your Nan was known to him as 'Auntie Sis' and he used to visit his Nanny Bean (Ellen or 'Nel') in Holmesdale Road. His Dad was one of her four children, Percy (known as 'Jack.)' & Brother to Auntie 'Sis'. My Dad's written quite a bit down about the times and the family and remembers your mum as a lovely girl. It's too much to put down here but if you are interested I can email you directly? He's also very interested in the VE Party photo 1945 that is posted on this site, and any others that might be around?

Added by Delia Bean on 21 October 2020
hello Annette. I can't say I remember you but u was in older class. I remember Mrs Stockwell too, lovely to hear all the stories
Added by Pauline taylor on 24 October 2020
Very nostalgic to hear all these lovely comments. It is a time that was hard but very nice to live in. We were all relatively poor but very happy
Added by Annette Leggatt (nee Cox) on 24 October 2020
Hello Delia, I do vaguely remember uncle Perce, my mum spoke of him at times, yes my nan was known as Sis, apparently she got the name as her brothers couldn't pronounce Marjorie when they were kids. I do gave some photos of granny Bean and of my nan.
Added by Janet morgan on 26 October 2020
I lived in Carlisle Place and went to St Pauls from 1952 until 1958 then on the Holly Park and then Friern Barnet County when it opened. I remenber Miss Pightling and Miss Walters who was an infant teacher. Mrs Brown also taught music at Holly Park and her husband had a car that was old even in the 50s. Mrs Stockwell was not a teacher at that time but I spent many happy days in her house as her son John was in my class and my best friend. My daughter also went to St Pauls and had Mrs Stockdale as her teacher
Added by Michael Brooks on 01 February 2021
When you were at St Paul's Michael I was just 3 years old, but all those lovely teachers were still there when I went to St Paul's in 1954. Do you remember Mrs Wackett our playground supervisor, she was a real sweetheart. I have walked down Carlisle Place many a time on my way home from school. I wonder if you remember my older sister Dorothy Cox she was there about the same time as you?

Added by Annette Leggatt (nee Cox) on 03 February 2021
I remember Mrs Wackett used to live in Neville House where we lived see had a son lovely lady. I went St Paul Smith from 62 remember head teacher
Added by Pauline Taylor used to be weston on 04 February 2021
Hi Pauline. I remember when Mrs Wackett lived in The Avenue before it was demolished. When she was there her neighbour had a fire. There were two children in the house when the fire took hold. The little boy Steven died in the fire. I shall never forget it, I was about 10. The fire was so intense that Mrs Wackett's husband who was in bed next door to the fire also died. He had had a heart attack and was recuperating in bed when the fire got a hold, I think the stress for him must have been awful. It was a terrible incedent. I didn't know where Mrs Wackett went when we all had to leave our houses for the demolition. I lived in Oakliegh Road.My family ended up in Whetsone. Nice to know someone else remembers Mrs Wackett
Added by Annette Leggatt (Nee Cox) on 04 February 2021
Yes I knew Mrs Wackett her son was Bobby and his sister Margaret Steven. The little boy who died had a sister Pamela who survived. She stayed at our house for a few days as she was about my sister Susan's age
Added by Pamela Harber (ne Braddick on 05 February 2021
Hi Pamela, went to school the same time as Susan. We went on to Friern Barnet County together. Nice to hear from you

Added by Annette Leggatt ( Nee Cox) on 05 February 2021
Yes we lived in The Avenue. I remember my mum saying about a fire 21. We lived in Mrs Wackett moved to the same place we moved to I was 7 when we moved
Added by Pauline Taylor used to be weston on 05 February 2021
Another couple of names from the past, Dorothy Cox and Mrs Wackett. Looking at this site the memory does get jogged
Added by Michael Brooks on 05 February 2021
Hi all, we were thrown around to all corners. Some residents went to Muswell Hill and Highgate. Some to Russell Lane. We were sent to an estate in Balfour Grove. Our lives were thrown about. The council said they were demolishing to widen the road. I hated it. We all loved our homes
Added by Annette Leggatt (nee Cox) on 06 February 2021
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